[d@DCC] RE: Broken links on parl.gc.ca (fwd)
russell at flora.ca
Wed Sep 22 14:05:14 EDT 2004
Not an answer I would have wanted, but at least an answer. Stable URLs
are quite important for people trying to hilight specific issues on sites
such as this one.
Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/>
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Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2004 13:31:57 -0400
From: InfoNet <Infonet at parl.gc.ca>
To: Russell McOrmond <russell at flora.ca>
Subject: RE: Broken links on parl.gc.ca
Thank you for visiting the Parliamentary Internet Parlementaire website
(http://www.parl.gc.ca). We are interested in receiving comments on the
website and learning from the experience of our visitors.
Clients are encouraged to enter the Parliamentary Internet Parlementaire
website at all times from our welcoming page at http://www.parl.gc.ca.
Please note that our website is a dynamic one, there will be changes
made to the website on a regular basis and therefore it is best to enter
the website from our welcoming page instead of using links or bookmarks.
The Committee Section of our website has been completely redesigned.
The committee technical website team has informed us of a link problem
affecting a few of the reports. They are working on it. As to
redirecting old URLs to new ones, it will be brought to the attention of
the committee development website team.
We hope that you will continue to monitor this site and watch for new
items to appear.
Thank you again for your interest.
From: Russell McOrmond [mailto:russell at flora.ca]
Sent: September 18, 2004 6:28 PM
Cc: General Copyright Discussions
Subject: Broken links on parl.gc.ca
<<voyerlu sent note to Jude lapointe to get back to me when fixed,
Dear Parl.gc.ca webmaster,
<<sent to Jude Lapointe Setember 20th, 2004 by desgrb>>
I notice there has been major changes on the site, and old pages and
links to those pages no longer work. We have many links to the
parliamentary website, such as
http://www.digital-copyright.ca/node/view/322 and which pointed to
committee page that referenced the report at
Another document at http://www.digital-copyright.ca/node/view/428
references the committee report directly at
This report no longer exists at that location. With some searching I
found the front page linked via
Having found the document I note that all the links on that page are
broken (link to the PDF version of the document, link to the next page).
Please look into this. It is common practice for citizens to want to
link to committee reports, to the hansard, and other documentation on
the parl.gc.ca website. When documents move there should be an effort
put into redirecting the old URLs to the new location. Given most of
these URLs point to scripts it is a relatively simple matter to do this
In the case of this particular document I note that the ID numbers
used for the document are the same, so redirecting should be extremely
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Creative: iCommons Canada Launch Party : September 30, 2004
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